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18 May 2016

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Korean funerary portraits, the background effects of focal length, copying and copyright and Backblaze's latest hard drive reliability report.

  • In Among Koreans, Giving Death Your Best Face, Rene Silverman discusses Korean funerary portraits with Juliana Sohn. Sohn has spent five years on a funerary project involving 100 portraits of Koreans in New Jersey and New York. "This whole process has made me understand my elders and seniors and that sort of emotional wall between me and them where I can't relate to them has really been broken down for me," Sohn said.
  • M.d. Welch shows How Lens Focal Lengths Will Affect Background Compression in a well-illustrated article. "Lens data charts are great and comparing the bokeh of one lens to another makes for great information," he concludes, "but when it comes to your work, make sure you are telling your story in the right voice."
  • When is photography just copying? In A Reader's Question On A Claim of Copying, Greenberg and Reznicki answer with an exploration of "an often confusing and grey legal principal known as scenes a faire." They cover this in their book The Copyright Zone, which we reviewed last year.
  • In Backblaze releases billion-hour hard drive reliability report, Joel Hruska looks at the latest data on Backblazes hard drives, noting the company uses consumer drives in an enterprise environment and the effect of the Thailand flood. Still it's "the absolute best data set available to the public," he says in the comments section.

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